This week’s January 6th Program speaker will be Harlan Proveaux, Deputy Director of Homeland Security of the Georgia Emergency Management System. Also, Thursday through Saturday our Okefenokee Fair Association officers, Jonathan Daniell, Harbin Farr, and President Burton Carter will be attending the Georgia/South Carolina Association of Fairs at Embassy Suites in Greenville, South Carolina to learn updated fair business activities to make our fair better. Remember Thursday, February 20th, program is our annual Public Safety Banquet held at 7:00 p.m. Members are to wear red coats if you have it. Spouses are invited.
February Programs Chairman Carl James, is bringing program speaker to us on Thursday, February 6th.
Augustus “Gus” Parker (93), Macon, Georgia Past District President of Georgia District Exchange Clubs and Regional President, member since 1965, passed away January 14, 2020.
Gus was born September 30, 1926 and he is survived by his wife Nedra “Dee” Jones Parker of Macon, several children and grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, step-children, nieces, nephews, and sister-in-law. Donations can be made to Vineville
United Church and Methodist Children’s Home. Gus was an officer and very involved in local, district and national Exchange Club offices. Our prayers are with his wife Nedra “Dee” and family.
GREG TAYLOR, GEORGIA DEPARTMENT COMMUNITY SUPERVISION
Michael Ray introduced our January 23 speaker to our club as Greg Taylor of the Georgia Department of Community Supervision, Coordinating Chief Pardons and Parole Office located in Douglas, Georgia. DCS he said is tasked with the Supervision of felony probationers and parolees; the oversight of adult misdemeanors probation providers; and the supervision of certain class A and B juvenile offenders. The headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia with additional offices throughout Georgia. Jim Arnold has recently retired from this position.
In addition , the Governor’s Office of Transition Support and Re-entry operates under DCS. Also DCS provides administrative support to the annual budget is FY16: $30,674,888.
Taylor pointed out the stakeholders of supervision is us citizens who need to know what they do in pardons and parole.
He said their job is to strengthen public safety. Governor Kent has directed budgets be cut in state by 10%. Tough to do! However, they have new office going up because of the increasing number of employees to handle offenders being supervised.
Current results of the Georgia local circuit office is 410 offenders on pardon and parole. Georgia is highest in the nation. Case load revolves from 112 to 193 officers with high risks. Local circuit was in top 5 every month doing best job in Georgia of all offenders, 20% are high risk! Great program, Michael Ray!
JUDGE ANDREW SPIVEY
Judge Charlie Brown, introduced Superior Court Judge Andrew C. Spivey, Waycross Circuit of First Superior Court District of Georgia. Waycross Circuit consists of six counties including Brantley, Pierce, Coffee, Bacon, Charlton and Ware or roughly within a thirty mile radius of center of Waycross. He told a story of Judge Blount’s quip to a losing attorney that he should get the large turnip he had held up in court, and said “that he would lose it all in a three day divorce settlement trial.” Judge Blount turned in the elevator with all three attorneys going from the trial, to the losing attorney and said “Doug, you better get that turnip that you left in the courtroom for your client because that’s all he will have to eat!”
He said, unfortunately, our four Superior Court Judges (Brooks, Kite, Gillis and Brown) have to travel to four of the courthouses for trials on many drug and other criminal cases. He said all communities in the circuit are plagued with drug cases. All population size counties have them! Further, he estimates 95% of the crimes are serious no matter what the circumstances were to cause the crime. Charlton’s case is a smaller version of what is in Ware’s cases. He’s seeing a trend in cases, even though the Government’s actions to reduce jail times when possible, he believes the violators should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. They have gone through a criminal reform act to reduce the cost of incarceration. Governor Kent is allocating several million dollars to increase the GBI’s staff and civil prosecutors to help work the Atlanta cases who are overwhelmed.
79,000 gang criminals are in the state of Georgia and to some extent in all counties! It is a plague on our society.
He will try to make a difference in Ware County and work with Judge Steve Jackson. “We try to keep Ware County safe for our children and citizens.”
Ninety percent of cases refer back to drug use. All of the new drugs are stronger and easier to obtain by children. Heroin is here. They are doing all they can to prosecute the violators including Waycross and Ware County. Prosecution and robberies are being prosecuted and to make them accountable to their crimes. They are made to pay victims back. Civil cases are also handled with divorce, and malpractice cases. but, the judges make the hard decisions!
Great informative program, Charlie Brown.